No-Shopping November Day Sixteen

Here it is, Day Sixteen. I’m looking forward to seeing how the next half (or longer) will turn out. Here’s the situation now; we have limited perishable supplies of, or are totally out of the staples we use daily, such as eggs, veggies, chicken, chips, coconut aminos and more. We’ve opened some of the #10 cans of freeze-dried foods (corn and eggs) to use. I’ve dehydrated leftovers and we’ll use them for meals. I’ve been making crackers to replace the chips, one batch uses the leftover pulp from making almond milk (I make almond or cashew milk several times a week).

If you missed the previous posts in this series, you can catch up here. The oldest posts are on the bottom, newest on top. You’ll find all the recipes for No-Shopping November on this page.

Today, Sunday, is a big day. Our son fractured and dislocated his shoulder on Friday and spent most of the day in the hospital getting it reduced. He is to meet with an orthopedic surgeon and thus far, it looks he’ll be having surgery. That means, I have today, Sunday, to replenish what we need since I’ll be at the hospital with my son. In “normal” months, we would simply buy some supplies if I wasn’t able to make them, however this IS No-Shopping November, and we are not able to shop at all in November, and possibly longer, now that we have our son’s added medical expenses.

It’s BREAD DAY! YAY! Here’s how I do bread on Bread Day:
Mise en place is paramount!
Get my grain mill out to mill whole grains
Gather all my ingredients, freshly-ground flour, rolled oats, yeast, apple cider vinegar, salt, oil, honey, vital gluten
Get one batch of bread  going (sponging, mixing kneading, rising, shaping, baking)
Get the next batch going exactly the same way
Today I milled grain and baked: 15 loaves, 2 pizza crusts and 1 lattice apple bread
Let the gorgeous baked beauties cool under clean dish towels until cool enough to bag.
Keep out 2 loaves, and freeze the rest

Day Sixteen

Removed dehydrated cooked pasta and marinara from dehydrator, vacuum sealed the dried pasta into jars
Made Gluten-Free Almond Pulp Crackers (Elana’s Pantry) *uses the dehydrator
Milled chemical-free white whole wheat into flour
Made 15 loaves of Honey Wheat Bread, some with rolled oats
Made 2 pizza crusts
Made a lattice apple bread using my dehydrated apples and bread dough

Dehydrated apple slices

Dehydrated apple slices

lattice apple bread 1

Lattice apple bread

lattice apple bread 2

Bakedwhole wheat lattice bread

lattice apple bread 3

This is delicious with a whipped topping



Homemade pizza
Lattice apple bread
Almond milk cocoa
Matzah ball soup
Quinoa corn and roasted green beans

More of above

Don’t laugh! I had a homemade hummus and roasted green bean sammich on toasted homemade whole wheat bread. It was delicious!


Getting ready and prepared for the possibility of our son undergoing surgery to repair his shoulder means one of us (parents) will be with him at all times, so the car needs to stay gassed up (as we tag team and drive back and forth between the hospital and home), we need to have food we can carry and food we can take with us to the hospital, since we won’t be able to buy any foods while out. Planning, planning, planning!


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About Vickilynn Parnes

A student of health and nutrition for 40+ years, Vickilynn Parnes has over 30 years of actual hands-on experience reviewing and personally using different tools of the homemaking vocation, focusing on the areas of health and nutrition. Vickilynn is a magazine columnist, product reviewer, cookbook author and radio talk show host, as well as being full-time mom to 5 children.